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Let’s talk about protein.
There’s typically a lot of question around getting protein from eating plants. Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways to get protein from lots of plants! The list is long and it includes seeds, beans, lentils, spinach, nuts, oats, and so much more!
My husband has been requesting that I add a protein powder to his oats. I needed a protein powder that wouldn’t give his oats a bad flavor and one also that had a little less junk than the rest. So basically a ground nut or seed or something of the like. I have used hemp powder and that tends to work. I also noticed a lot of plant based protein powders contained pea protein, but lots of other things as well. And then I found several powders that were just plain, unsweetened pea protein powder. There were also a few that were vanilla or chocolate flavored. I went with Bob’s Red Mill’s version which boasted 21 grams of protein per serving. Not bad, huh?
So then I had to test it. It definitely altered the taste of the oats a bit, so I had to play around with the amount so that there wasn’t a bitterness to the recipes. I also knew I was adding them to oats that would have most likely chia seeds and some sort of nut or seed butter so the protein was still going to be high even with just a smaller amount of the powder. I came to the conclusion that 1/2 – 1 tablespoon seemed to be the sweet spot. Anytime I put anymore than 1 T, it was certainly noticed and I was met with complaints. Even 1 tablespoon, though it seems small, adds about 7 grams of protein. We will take it!
So this recipe has about 20 grams of plant protein. Boom. That’s a win for sure! Give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you find a powder you prefer, I am open for suggestions so let me know!
- 1/2 c rolled oats regular or gluten free
- 1/2 small to medium banana sliced
- 2/3 c unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
- 1/2 T chia seeds
- 1/2 - 1 T pea protein powder or hemp powder or desired protein powder
- 1/2 - 1 T natural creamy peanut butter or any other nut or seed butter
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 - 3 tsp pure maple syrup
- dash of sea salt
Combine all ingredients into a small jar or any container that can be sealed.
Stir well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least for about 4 hours.
Eat chilled or warmed up and garnish with an extra drizzle of peanut butter and some banana slices if desired.